Grilled American Lamb Rack with Harissa Yogurt


June 24, 2022

Recipe provided by Grilled Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde | Feasting At Home, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Grilled American Lamb Rack with Harissa Yogurt | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins


1 American lamb rack (about 2lbs)

Grillable veggies - zucchini, summer squash, bell pepper, onion, eggplant, mushrooms, etc.

Spray olive oil (or regular)

15-20 Fresh mint leaves

Harissa Spice Rub

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Coriander

1 tbsp Smoked paprika

1 tbsp Granulated garlic

2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Dried mint

1 tsp Whole caraway seeds (optional)

Harissa Yogurt

1 cup Plain, full-fat Greek yogurt

1 tbsp Harissa paste (store-bought or homemade) more to taste

1 tsp Smoked paprika (optional)

Served with grilled veggies & personal choice of grain

Garnish: few torn fresh mint leaves and/or Italian parsley leaves


1Preheat Grill to med-high.

2Cut lamb chops into single chops or portions. ( Use a sharp chef’s knife and slice in between the bones.) Pat dry.

3Mix spices and salt together in a shallow bowl ( big enough to fit chop).

4Dip both sides of each chop, as well as fatty edge, into the Harissa rub, tap the excess off and place on a sheet pan.

5If grilling veggies, lightly toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill these first. Cover, set aside until serving.

6Grill the lamb chops. Spray the grill with olive oil spray. Place the chops down and grill 3 minutes (covered) or until good grill marks appear. (Don’t fiddle with them too much). Spray the top of lamb chops with spray olive oil, and turn them over. Turn the heat down to medium and grill another 3 minutes. Then, place the fatty edge of the lamb chop on the grill, so they are sitting upright, on their side, leaning them up against each other. ( See picture). Cover, and cook another 2 minutes or so, to melt off that fatty layer. (These are delicious served medium, but feel free to cook through on lower heat if that is your preference. ) Remove from grill, cover with foil until ready to serve.

7Mix the yogurt with the harissa paste, starting conservatively, adding more to taste. Each Harissa paste has different levels of heat. I like to a whisk in a teaspoon of smoked paprika to bump up the smoky flavor- up to you.

8To serve, cut the grilled veggies into bite-size pieces, and place them on a platter. Top with the grilled lamb chops. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

9Serve the Harissa yogurt on the side or spoon a little on each chop.

10Serve with a cooked grain like quinoa, basmati rice or even couscous. I used Israeli couscous in the photos